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WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 2011 Community Service ANNA HOLLIS


Executive Director Amachi Pittsburgh


With a professional role that helps provide children with incarcerated parents someone to lean on and trust in their absence, Anna E. Hollis works to provide similar mentors for any child in need in the community. As executive director of Amachi Pittsburgh, she has helped to broaden the network of


faith- and community-based organizations; dedicated volunteers and families; and part- ners in education, business and govern- ment that help the organization to thrive. Under her leadership, more than 600 youth have found mentors and the organization has seen increased financial resources. Prior to joining Amachi Pittsburgh, she worked in a variety of business roles, in- cluding a career as a senior level represen- tative with Merck and Co, Inc. Hollis’ com- munity commitments include serving on the boards of The Mentor- ing Partnership of Southwestern Pennsyl- vania, the Community Advisory Committee of the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Eq- uity and the Advisory Board of the National Mentoring Children of Prisoners Support Center. She is also treasurer of the NAACP Pittsburgh chapter and was a founding mem- ber of the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition. She is a mother of three.


Community Service


LAVERNE BAKER HOTEP Director,Community Arts & Education


Center for Victims of Violence and Crime


Promoting health and wellness


among the region’s women and fami- lies has been part of LaVerne Baker Hotep’s everyday existence for more than 25 years. The director of commu- nity education and outreach for the Al- legheny County Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Vic- tims of Violence and Crime began her career as aminority outreach specialist with the American Cancer Society in 1985. Later as a member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure African American National Advisory Council and Pittsburgh Affiliate, she formed SisterTeach council, a project that published health education materials aimed at women of color for use in the United States and Central America. She is the founder ofWellWomanMedia,which includes theWellWoman Radio Retreat program, which airs on WEDO-AM 810. She is also the creator and host of CVVC’s radio program“Peace-it-Together Pittsburgh” and the program“WellWithMy Soul: Nourishing Con- versations forMind, Body and Spirit,” which aired onWGBN 1150 AM. Additional accomplishments with CVVC include creation of the symposium series “Black and Blue: Violence in the Lives of Black Women,” and conception of the EVE (Enlightened Voices for the Environment) project, a health ed- ucation initiative funded through the Heinz Endowments. She serves on the board of Allegheny Health Choices, Inc., and is co-chair of the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania steering commit- tee, the PennsylvaniaWomen’s Agricultural Network Steering Committee, Healcrest Urban FarmAd- visory Panel and the leadership committee ofWomen for a Healthy Environment. She is also amem- ber of the Ujamaa Collective and a lifetime member of the National Black Women’s Health Impera- tive. She has received several awards, including the Women in Communications Matrix Award, the YWCA Racial Justice Award and the Tribute to Women Leadership Award. Hotep is a vocalist and drummer with the Pittsburgh-based female performance ensemble, ABAFASI. She is married to Uhuru Hotep, and is a proud mother and grandmother.


NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER


2010WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE HONOREES MIYOSHI ANDERSON


GAYLE LIGHTFOOT BALL


KIMBERLY WADDELL BARR LINDA ‘IMANI’ BARRETT SHEILA BEASLEY


DR. WILMA SMITH BEAUFORD JEANETTE BLACKSTON, EdD GLORIA MCGHEE BROWN PATRICE KING BROWN


JOANNE COBB BURLEY, PhD OPHELIA COLEMAN TENE CROOM


AMARGIE DAVIS


DR. CAROLYN GEE DAVIS ELIZABETH ‘NIECY’ DENNIS


ORLANA DARKINS-DREWERY JOYCE ELLIS


ALMA SPEED FOX


ALBERTHA GRAHAM-ELLISON, PhD


REV. BARBARA GUNN HOLLY HATCHER-FRAZIER


PASTOR CHARLAYNE HENRY MARLENE GARY HOGAN DEBORAH HOLLAND LISA HALEY HUFF


MARGUERITA V. JOHNSON PATRICE WADE JOHNSON


AMELIA MICHELE JOINER, ESQ. GERALDINE M. JONES, PROVOST MARSHA ELLIS JONES LINDA S. LANE, EdD ALLISON LEE-MANN


DR. EMMA LUCAS-DARBY DARCEL MADKINS TARA MARKS


LA'TASHA D. MAYES LAUREL RAGLAND


DR. BEVERLY ROBERTS-ATWATER FLORENCE ROUZIER CECILE SHELLMAN JOY STARZL BRENDA TATE


EMMA THORNTON


KATHY MAYLE TOWNS CHATON T. TURNER, ESQ.


MARGARET SMITH WASHINGTON SHEILA A. WASHINGTON


REV. B. De NEICE WELCH VALERIE WHEATLEY ELISE ROBY YANDERS


Community Service KIM L. JEFFERSON


Vice President, Training & Design Manager PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.


A community leader with an accomplished professional background, Kim L. Jefferson works to


help others in the community reach their personal and professional goals. As co-founder and pres- ident of Community Leadership Development Institute Inc., Jefferson leads a staff of 18 employees and volunteers during her spare time when she isn’t working her full-time job with PNC Bank. During that time she and Brenda Mitchell were able to raise more than $3 million for the organiza- tion and helpedmore than 3,000 people on the path toward self- sufficiency. She has also pro- vided volunteer consultations to Life’s Work of Western Pa. by helping to launch the organiza- tion's Connections Call Center and Customer Service Repre- sentative training program. Ad- ditional community commit- ments include serving on boards for the Center for Family Excel- lence, Life’s Work of Western Pa., Technology Opportunities in Communities of Promise and Pittsburgh Human Resources Professionals. Jefferson is also an eight-year breast cancer sur- vivor who often comes to the aid of women struggling with the disease.


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